Thursday, April 29, 2010

Patrick Stump with The Roots from Patrick Stump on Vimeo.

Patrick Stump performed with The Roots on Earth Day in Washington DC. Here's what you need to know about this:

  1. Patrick Stump is a SINGER. His voice is RIDICULOUS. He's a teeny white boy with soul. And might prove in time to have been far too good for Fall Out Boy (he was my favorite thing about them).
  2. Patrick Stump has lost a LOT of weight, cut his hair, and ditched the ever-present hat. These things made me wonder at first if that was actually him in the video until he started singing. He looks fantastic.
  3. THE ROOTS!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Help celebrate National Doodle Day with celebrity doodles!

Doodle by Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes
Since 2007, NF, Inc has been collecting hand-drawn, one-of-a-kind cards from various stars of film, TV, music, and sports in order to raise money for research to find a cure for the genetic nerve disorder. This year we have collected some great ones from Cory Monteith, Kristoffer Polaha, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, Tim Conway, Gillian Anderson, Florence Henderson, Matthew Perry, Howie Mandel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Kal Penn, Lizzy Caplan, Tim Allen, Gary Cole, Melissa Joan Hart, Nolan Gould, Doris Roberts, Amy Poehler, and Tim Daly (among others!).

Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that affects one in every 2,500 births. NF is more common than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington's Diseasecombined. Funds raised from the Doodle Day auction will go to support education, advocacy, coalitions, and research for treatments and a cure. To learn more about NF, please visit

NF, Inc is collecting doodles until May 10th and the auctions begin on May 13 (and ends on the 23rd). All proceeds raised from the auctions will go to their cause. Until then, the exact doodles can be previewed here: with more to be added as they come in.

My friend Danielle has been very involved with this project this year, and even helped get some of the celebrity doodles. Please check out the doodles, and the auction once it starts. If you can bid, it's a great charity, and would be very appreciated.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Good commercials are hard to come by

It's rare that I even watch commercials, never mind find one that I like so when I do, I like to make sure other people see them too. This one for New Era with Evan Longoria is fun and funny.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Kids Are Alright trailer

It looks really good and has a great cast. Plus, anything with Mark Ruffalo is worth seeing.

OK, I'm starting to cave.

I haven't been sold on the iPad so much yet, despite my boyfriend's clear desire to have one and many, many of my friends singing its praises. However, watching these videos of cats and dogs playing with them makes me want a cat, a dog and an iPad to amuse them with. And, I suppose, myself as well.

I want to go to there. Again.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Glee cast at the White House

I'll admit, I'm pretty sick of the Glee stuff. The show was inconsistent and sometimes poorly written, and yet everyone's acting like it's the best and most innovative TV show to ever exist. The cast is EVERYWHERE, obnoxiously everywhere. It was nominated for awards it isn't even remotely deserving of (the acting ones especially). It's just too much too soon.

However, when it comes down to it, I do like the show enough to keep up with what's going on with it, and I'm optimistic about its return next week. My (hopefully correct) theory is that Ryan Murphy and co. didn't know whether they'd get that back nine pick up from Fox (and why would they be optimistic when Fox is notorious for not sticking with shows?) so they crammed every idea they had into those 13 guaranteed eps. It would explain the ridiculous fake pregnancy; Quinn's back and forth with Finn and Puck; the terribly inconsistent and often out of character things they had Mr. Schuster, Kurt and Mercedes doing; the horribly over-the-top-ness of Sue Sylvester mixed with here and there moments of humanity; the hiring of Terri as the school nurse, which directly led to the entire Glee Club being on over the counter speed; the absolutely retarded idea that having a former student - former as in graduated in the early 90's - sign up as a student and rejoin the Glee Club in order to win...something, just so they could have Kristen Chenoweth on the show; Emma's absolutely stupid engagement to someone she's clearly disgusted by; Rachel and Puck's one-episode romance; all of these things, and more, crammed into 13 episodes would under normal circumstances turn me away very, very quickly. What saved the show, for me, was the music, despite the horrible over-production of it. If they can get the storylines on a more even and believable keel, if the actors - especially Lea Michele - stop over acting like theater actors, and the song production starts to be more organic, I think the show could be as good as it thinks it is.

Really sounds like I hate it, huh? I know. I have issues with it. But I swear, I do like the show. Enough to keep tuning in. It's not my favorite, and I'm not rushing out to buy the soundtracks or getting tickets to the live shows, but I like it. And in defense of it, I'd heard that their performance at the White House today was absolutely terrible. That Cory Monteith especially sounded awful, and that Lea Michele should be better live than she was. So I was expecting exactly that when I watched this video, only to find that they weren't that bad at all, but that the sound quality from the stage was absolutely horrible. Mics going in and out, etc. It was better when I clicked on the live link this morning and watched part of the Yo Gabba Gabba performance.

This thing the AV Club is doing is pretty fantastic

They made a list of songs they wanted to hear covered, and then one by one bands go into their studio and pick one of the (remaining) songs. The most recent cover is an Archers of Loaf song, done by none other than one of my favorite bands in the entire world, Alkaline Trio.


Check out the previous two installments. Both are great. I'm looking forward to the next 22.

Baseball's back!

This little kid, who did a version of Herb Brooks' "Miracle" speech before the first pitch at Opening Day yesterday, was amazing. So funny.